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Getting the Most Out of Your SDN

At Cloud Expo, Riverbed’s Steve Riley to discuss how finding a right network with the right apps is still a labor-intensive task

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Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic - data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Networks move data, but not all networks are suitable for all data.

In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Steve Riley, Technical Leader in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology, will discuss how finding (or building) the right network, with the right applications, is still a labor-intensive task. Must it always be this way? No: for networks will soon be expressed as code. Finally, the data, the applications that process it, the networks that move it and the objects that store it can all be described by software constructs - let's call this collection a super-blob - in the hands of skilled developers. Freed from their dependence on any given location, super-blobs can move around as necessary, resting on any physical fabric that can satisfy their requirements. As requirements change, locations may change - while preserving all application states. Location-independent computing is within our grasp.

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Speaker Bio:
Steve Riley is Technical Leader in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology. His role is to research cutting-edge developments that help customers maximize their infrastructure investments. This includes working with customers to develop and improve technical architectures, incorporating feedback into the product planning and development processes. His specialties include information security, compliance, reliability, privacy, and policy.

A popular speaker at conferences worldwide, Riley meets regularly with user groups of all sizes, and seeks opportunities to engage with customers as often as possible. Born with an Ethernet cable attached to his belly button, he grew up in networking and telecommunications. Besides lurking in the Internet's dark alleys and secret passages, he enjoys freely sharing his opinions about the intersection of technology and culture. He writes at http://stvrly.wordpress.com, tweets as @steveriley, and emails from [email protected]. Prior to joining Riverded, he was Sr. Technical Evangelist and strategist for cloud computing at Amazon Web Services.

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